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Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation

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Address: 5556 US Highway 17 N, Brunswick, GA 31525-4651
Phone Number:
+1 912-264-7333
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Wed - Sun 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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This beautiful plantation represents the history and culture of Georgia’s...

This beautiful plantation represents the history and culture of Georgia’s rice coast. In the early 1800s, William Brailsford of Charleston carved a rice plantation from marshes along the Altamaha River. The plantation and its inhabitants were part of the genteel low country society that developed during the antebellum period. While many factors made rice cultivation increasingly difficult in the years after the Civil War, the family continued to grow rice until 1913.The enterprising siblings of the fifth generation at Hofwyl-Broadfield resolved to start a dairy rather than sell their family home. The efforts of Gratz, Miriam and Ophelia Dent led to the preservation of their family legacy. Ophelia was the last heir to the rich traditions of her ancestors, and she left the plantation to the state of Georgia in 1973.A museum features silver from the family collection and a model of Hofwyl-Broadfield during its heyday. A brief film on the plantation’s history is shown before visitors walk a short trail to the antebellum home. A guided tour allows visitors to see the home as Ophelia kept it with family heirlooms, 18th and 19th century furniture and Cantonese china. A stop on the Colonial Coast Birding Trail, this is an excellent spot to look for herons, egrets, ibis and painted buntings. A nature trail that leads back to the Visitors Center along the edge of the marsh where rice once flourished.

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Who knew about the rice plantations in Georgia!

This was an interesting place to stop. When you consider the price of admission, it needs to be a five star rating, What a beautiful piece of property! The lady in the front... read more

Reviewed 14 April 2016
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Brunswick, Georgia
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Brunswick, Georgia
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2016

This was an interesting place to stop. When you consider the price of admission, it needs to be a five star rating, What a beautiful piece of property! The lady in the front was very pleasant and informative. The house was exactly as planned--like a step back in time. With original furnishings, beautiful dishes, fantastic, old trees, it was a... More 

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2016

For $8 or less worth every penny. Home is fully furnished in original furniture some dating back to early 1800's if you lucky you'll have Ranger Andy for a tour guide. He's extremely knowledgable and fun.

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Savannah, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2016 via mobile

What a magical place seeped in history. Five generations of a family lived on this land for nearly 200 years.The property, home, and outbuildings were left to the state of Georgia by the last remaining family member, Ophelia Dent, upon her death in 1973. The furnishing inside the home are exactly as they were when Miss Dent passed, which is... More 

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Mansfield, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2016

Would have given this five stars but the tour guide was rude and unpleasant. That being said, I would still recommend it. The house was interesting to see but would have liked more information on the history of the house and the people who lived there. The grounds were beautiful.

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Loganville, Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2016 via mobile

Beautiful place with quite a history to tell. Love everything about it. Take your time. See everything. Walk all of it. And take time to see the house. I will be back. Even the ranger in the office was fun to talk to.

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S.E. Georgia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2016

The plantation is home to a historic rice plantation and the residence and outbuildings are very well preserved. Our tour guide for the home was a volunteer and she and her husband both volunteer for the winter, Our guide was exceptionally well versed in the history of the grounds and the home. She took the time to share items of... More 

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Riley
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2016 via mobile

Stopped on a whim because we were interested in seeing a plantation while visiting the South (Georgia). Make sure you see the intro video before leaving the information center. The video gives you an understanding of the whole operation-raising rice and using slaves etc. The house tour was ok, the guide could do better, but the artifacts inside the house... More 

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Wilmington, Delaware
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2016

What a beautiful property! We learned so much about the plantation and received a great tour. The lady who sold us our tickets and the gentleman who provided the tour was very funny and informative. Definitely recommended!

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Ilion, NY
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12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 4 April 2016

This is a very pretty place but it needs a better guide to do the tour. We were told a little history about the plantation and then eres told to go in and look around. Our guide pointed out very little within the house so we just wandered around and looked at things..

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Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2016 via mobile

Beautifully preserved, and wonderful staff available to pass on the history and significance of this rice plantation. I true look into America's history. Nice day out for the family. Lots of picnic spots!

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